Latest Springfield News

Amtrak train hits maintenance truck; 6 are slightly injured

Jan. 24, 2020 1:37 PM EST

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — An Amtrak train collided Friday with a maintenance truck working on the tracks in Connecticut, resulting in minor injuries to six people on the train, officials said. Two workers were inside the truck when they saw the train approaching as they worked on the tracks in Newington. The...

Suspect in child abduction sent for psychiatric evaluation

Jan. 22, 2020 2:21 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with abducting an 11-year-old girl was ordered by a judge Wednesday to undergo a 20-day psychiatric evaluation. Miguel Rodriguez, 24, of Springfield, appeared in Springfield District Court for a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to society and...

MGM names new executive to lead Massachusetts casino

Jan. 21, 2020 6:13 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — MGM has named a new executive to lead its Massachusetts casino. The Las Vegas-based company announced Tuesday that Chris Kelley will serve as president and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield. Kelley most recently served as president of MGM Northfield Park near Cleveland,...

In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, photo, Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player LeBron James watches a high school basketball game between his son's team, Sierra Canyon, and Paul VI at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

James heads to Springfield to see son before playing Celtics

Jan. 21, 2020 9:18 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Lakers star LeBron James took in his son's high school game in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday afternoon before returning to Boston to face the Celtics. “It's truly a blessing, and I didn't mind going down to Springfield to check the game out,” James said after the...

In Connecticut, 'day of action' replaces Women's March

Jan. 18, 2020 1:15 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut organizers aren't staging a Women's March like in past years, but they're still hosting events in the state's major cities on Saturday. Women’s March Connecticut organizers say the press conferences in front of Bridgeport Superior Court, New Haven Superior Court...

Basketball Hall of Fame temporarily closes for renovations

Jan. 18, 2020 12:51 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Basketball Hall of Fame is closing to the public for nearly two months in early February for the final phase of a $23 million renovation project. Th interactive Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams will be fully redeveloped during the closure of the Naismith Memorial Basketball...

FILE - In this June 30, 2011, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek trots back to the dugout after hitting a home run off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Drew Carpenter during a baseball game in Philadelphia. Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston's front office to hire former catcher and team captain Jason Varitek as manager. at a town hall event Friday, Jan. 17, during the team's winter festival. Members of the team's leadership group were hit with “Hire 'Tek!” chants throughout the night. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

"Hire 'Tek!": Red Sox fans make pitch for Varitek as manager

Jan. 17, 2020 9:49 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have a list of characteristics they want in their next manager, but they haven't yet landed on a name. Their fans have one in mind. Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston's...

Miguel Rodriguez, who is being charged with abducting an 11-year-old girl, is arraigned in Springfield District Court Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Springfield, Mass. (Leon Nguyen/The Republican via AP, Pool)

Couple: Instinct kicked in when they spotted wanted car

Jan. 17, 2020 11:23 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A couple said Friday that their fight-or-flight instinct kicked in when they spotted a car wanted in the abduction of a girl after she got off a school bus in Massachusetts. Appearing on ABC's “Good Morning America,” spouses Benny Correa and Amanda Disley described...

Miguel Rodriguez, who is being charged with abducting an 11-year-old girl, is arraigned in Springfield District Court, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Springfield, Mass. (Leon Nguyen/The Republican via AP, Pool)

Suspect in abduction of 11-year-old girl held without bail

Jan. 16, 2020 12:41 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man suspected of abducting an 11-year-old girl as she walked home from school was held without bail Thursday pending a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to society, and was ordered by a judge to undergo a 15-day mental competency evaluation. Not guilty...

MGM Springfield reports lowest month of gambling revenue

Jan. 16, 2020 11:19 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts casino reported its lowest monthly revenue in its 16-month history. MGM Springfield's December gross gambling revenue was $18.9 million, down from $21.6 million a year ago. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission released its monthly numbers Wednesday. The new numbers...